Sunday, January 10, 2010

Trumpeter Clock made by Emilian Wehrle C. 1880

Today we spent a good amount of time rearranging clocks in the collection to find the right spot to display a new addition of another Large Emilian Wehrle musical clock, it is always challenging to integrate these large pieces with the rest of the collection... but we could have worse problems! ;)
After getting all the clocks into their new spots... we took some pictures of some "old friends" and decided to share one of them with you here today. While this clock is featured on our blog in a earlier post, we believe the photos taken today will give you a better look at this wonderful piece.

This trumpeter clock was made by Emilian Wehrle C.1880 in Furtwangen, Germany. It represents the absolute pinnacle of all trumpeter clocks which were ever produced. The movement is a 8 day three train movement, the largest Wehrle made. It is a 8 horn example, which plays the William Tell Overture on the hour.

The case is unreal, it is truly a clock that must be seen in person to truly appreciate and understand. Pictures do not do this piece justice...or show how massive this clock truly is... and the presence it has on the room. It is a clock that must be displayed by itself, as any other carved clock that we own is immediately humbled, and hides in this clocks shadow.
Every inch of the case is carved. The front case, the side of the case, the roof,the side doors, even under the roof where it is not visible. The detail is unreal.
This clock is 44.5" high and over 30" wide. This piece is over 100 pounds. It has been well carved for its whole life, and is in wonderful original condition. On a earlier post you can hear the music that this clock plays on the hour.

It is one of our favorites in the collection, and a clock we believe no matter how long we search, will never find another superior.

We are always looking to document other musical clocks made by Emilian Wehrle. If you have a Wehrle clock of any quality, in any condition we would love to "talk clocks"


Justin J. Miller

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